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Suffixes: Pejorative

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:57 pm
by Roby
Suffixes: Pejorative

Pejorative gives the noun a sense of "bad, nasty,
ugly", etc.
There is only one pejorative inflection: -accio /
-accia (plurals -acci / -acce).


tavolo (table) ~ tavolaccio (old, broken table)
errore (masculine, mistake) ~ erroraccio (bad mistake)
libri (books) ~ libracci (cheap / evil books)
vita (life) ~ vitaccia (hard life)
bicicletta (bycicle) ~ biciclettaccia (cheap bycicle)
scarpe (feminine, shoes) ~ scarpacce (horrible / worn
out shoes)
roba (stuff, things) ~ robaccia (trivia / nasty stuff)
posti (places) ~ postacci (bad places)
momento (moment) ~ momentaccio (bad moment)
tempo (weather) ~ tempaccio (bad weather)
A fewer number of nouns may use pejorative than the
ones which may use diminutive or augmentative.
Also in this case, beware of "false pejorative" words:

abbraccio = hug
impaccio = difficulty, straits
traccia = trace, trail

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:23 pm
by abhijit
this is something which is difficult to digest for learners... but i ll take it with help of this forum.